No it isn’t what you think.  Justin Baeder has registered emergentno.com and emergentyes.com.  He decided to put the EmergentNo.com domain to some use as an aggregator for a couple of anti-emerging church sites.   The authors and fans of these sites have cried foul accusing Justin of deceiving people.  I guess they don’t understand what content aggregation and fair use is.  If you attack a group of people in public you better expect a response.

I’m not sure if I would like people commenting on what I write on a place outside my blog.  It would seem a bit cowardly to me.   It certainly wouldn’t be acceptable if there were an anything goes attitude in the comments which gave people an opportunity to make unfair personal attacks.  One of the issues with the anti-emergent blogs is that a great many people believe that people are unfairly banned.  It appears that Ingrid at Slice of Laodicea will delete anything she finds unbiblical.  Given the narrow range of what these folks consider as biblical I don’t think that comforts me.

I’m not sure if  EmergentNo.com will create the desired open forum.  I doubt the anti-emergent folks would comment on it.  If the purpose is to create a level playing field for conversation I don’t think that is going to happen.  To the anti-emergent people it probably looks more like a more convenient way for people who don’t like them to say things they don’t like. 

  1. #1 by Justin Baeder on November 16, 2005 - 1:13 pm


    It’s true, there probably won’t be much discussion from the critics of the emerging church. They’re welcome to participate, though. Too many people I know have been banned for their perspective (though, for some reason, you haven’t 🙂 ).

    The main purpose of the site is for EC people to discuss and actually consider what’s being said. There will be a good bit of complaining, arguing, and ranting, of course (since a lot of the stuff posted by those blogs is pretty outrageous), but hopefully some good stuff will come out of it too.

  2. #2 by Justin Baeder on November 16, 2005 - 1:14 pm

    (banned from emergentno.blogspot.com and Slice, that is – no one will be banned from EmergentNo.com)

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